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Friday Finds — School Library Month Resources March 28, 2014

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April is literally around the corner, and with it comes the opportunity to celebrate SCHOOL LIBRARY MONTH (SLM)!  Since 1985, AASL has designated April as a month of special focus on the critical contributions school libraries make to student learning. This Friday Finds is the SLM Webpage that contains a variety of excellent resources, highlighting the importance of the school library.

The 2014 National SLM Spokesperson is Jeff Kinney of DIARY OF A WIMPY KID fame.  This perennially popular author writes compellingly about the importance of school libraries to his personal development on the SLM Webpage. Also available on this site are links to SLM proclamation templates that can be shared with school boards as well as state and local government officials.  Librarians can find information on ordering a variety of PR tools promoting school libraries, and library advocates can download a copy of the DECLARATION FOR THE RIGHT TO SCHOOL LIBRARIES in a variety of formats for use during April celebrations.

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Of special note is the link to information on the 2014 Student Video Contest connecting to this year’s SLM theme, “Lives Change @ your library.”  The video contest Webpage encourages contestants “to unleash their creativity and have fun! Use humor, drama, music and/or special effects to showcase [their] amazing school library.”  Students must submit their entries by 11:59PM CST on April 15, 2014.  For complete details, check out the student video contest site at http://www.ala.org/aasl/slm/2014/video .

How will you celebrate School Library Month?  What special activities have you planned to highlight how the school library has changed lives in your learning community?  AASL blog readers would love to hear your ideas!

 

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